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August 18, 2013

Lateral Hip Pain: Think Gluteus Minimus Tendon Dyfunction

At the Centeno-Schultz Clinic we understand how frustrating and debilitating lateral thigh can be.

There are many causes of lateral thigh pain so an accurate diagnosis is essential.

Irritation or inflammation of the  gluteal muscles, tendons and trochanteric bursa can create pain.

Treatment options include MSK ultrasound guided injections of prolotherapy, platelet lysate and concentrated stem cell plasma.

There are three major tendons that attach onto the greater trochanter (the large boney prominence on the lateral aspect of the thigh): gluteus maximus, medius and minimus.


The gluteus minimus tendon can be a cause of lateral thigh pain.

The gluteus minimus muscle originates from outer surface of the ilium and attache onto the anterior facet of the greater trochanter .

Gluteus Minimus Tendon

The greater trochanter has four principal facets onto which the  various tendons attach.  The gluteus minimus attaches to the anterior facet.

Trochanteric Facets

The gluteus minimus muscle and tendon are visible on MRI.

Gluteus Minimus MRI

The gluteus minimus muscle and tendon are also visible on MSK Ultrasound.

Gluteus minimus ultrasound

Accurate diagnosis is essential for maximal clinical results.  At the Centeno-Schultz Clinic MSK ultrasound is used to diagnosis and accurately guide treatment of lateral thigh pain.

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